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Fyodor Alexandrovich Nedosekin

Fyodor Alexandrovich Nedosekin, a 1938 MADI graduate, was caught up in the war on former Finnish territory in Enso village near the very border. Everything that the military department of the institute gave him - a course of higher non-combat training (command of a platoon, mastering of blasting, military bridges and water crossings, equipment of vehicles and driving) came in handy on the command posts in the army.

In the evening of February 8, 1942 he, already the senior technician-lieutenant and assistant of the chief of motor transport department, was given an order by the commander of the Karelian front to head the convoy of 40 cars, to load them with shells, mines and ammunition and to deliver them by the morning of February 9 to the settlement of Povenets. As a part of the column there were ZIS, GAZ-AA and cross-country vehicles GAZ-60 driven by inexperienced, "untested" soldiers.

The memoirs of Fedor Nedosekin about that crossing have been preserved: "The night was moonlit. The drivers were given the general task of driving in an open area with lights off at intervals of 50 meters. When the command "On cars!" was given, we were spotted by a German reconnaissance plane. Our way was on the fresh ice of the White Sea-Baltic Canal. At the moment of our column's movement the light bombers appeared - there were five of them. After dropping their bombs, the planes continued firing machine guns with tracer and bursting bullets. The drivers were dodging, desperately looping, maneuvering, intuitively guessing where to steer, trying to avoid being hit. Cars that lost control circled on the ice, flipped over, or rumbled to the bottom of the canal with their dead drivers. Others continued onward, surrounded by high splashes It was frightening and scary, and we didn't want to die ignominiously at the age of 28. Fortunately for us, our "hawks" appeared in the air. The anti-aircraft gunners were of great help to us as well. Twenty-eight vehicles arrived at our destination, and we lost six drivers, one officer, six vehicles and all of our all-terrain vehicles. Still, the command of the unit thanked the personnel of the convoy. I was even decorated with a war medal, which became more precious for me than all other orders and medals I had received during the Great Patriotic War".

After the end of the Great Patriotic War, Fyodor Alexandrovich worked in the central office and the Main Military Construction Department of the Ministry of Defense. And in 1984, he returned to his home university and worked as a leading engineer of the training and research center MADI.